The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
21 Apr 2018
Other participants: National Youth Choir of Great Britain, London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Armed Man is a Mass by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, subtitled "A Mass for Peace". Commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, to mark the museum's move from London to Leeds, it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. Like Benjamin Britten's War Requiem before it, it is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources. The work has had over 2000 performances since it was first published 17 years ago (first performed 25 April 2000) and continues to be performed by professional choirs and amateur choral societies all over the country.
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